Cambridge University spin-out ilumink, the leader in printable laser technology, has been acquired by leading industrial technology specialist Tracerco, part of the Johnson Matthey group.
ilumink has developed new approaches for physical authentication with breakthroughs in printable laser technology. Key applications include authentication, anti-counterfeiting and security products. Potential markets range from high-value consumer goods through to pharmaceuticals. The technology is unique in offering brand owners overt, covert and forensic authentication in one easily applied print feature.
The company was founded by key members of the Department of Engineering research team at the University of Cambridge. Its technology was made possible using grant funding from the Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC), and the Cambridge Integrated Knowledge Centre (CIKC) (through the PORTALS project), with subsequent commercialisation funded and supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub. Patent funding and support was provided by Cambridge Enterprise, the commercialisation arm of the University of Cambridge.